According to the Louis Delsarte website, Delsarte’s parents were friends with artists and entertainers from the Harlem Renaissance like Lena Horne, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Langston Hughes. Back then, it wasn’t called the Harlem Renaissance, it was called, “The New Negro Movement,” after the 1925 anthology edited by Alaine Locke titled, “The New Negro.” He was exposed to jazz, operas, musicals and the blues. This early exposure to various artistic expressions and practitioners of these expressions would leave its imprint on Delsarte and later influence his voice as an artist.
“Louis Delsarte: A painter for the people,” May 8, 2020, Shelia Poole, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“How 9 Artists Keep Their Creativity Alive,” Time.com